Dan Balow’s career in Christian publishing started in 1983. Over the last 30+ years he’s mastered everything from the marketing to literary agenting. Dan is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and still cheers on their football team whenever he can. To relax, Dan snacks on popcorn and reads military thrillers. He and his wife have called Wheaton, IL home since they were kids.
Steve Laube is a 35-year veteran of the book industry. His experience has run the gamut from operating an award-winning bookstore to building a reputation as an elite editor to founding — and still presiding over — The Steve Laube Agency. As publisher of Enclave, Steve has found a delightful way to embrace his dual nature: a self-proclaimed geek and theologian. Steve is married with three grown children and one grandchild, and he notes that the heat in Arizona may or may not have cooked his brain.
Nancy LeSourd has 34 years of experience as an intellectual property attorney, helping nonprofit organizations maximize their publishing assets. Nancy and her husband Jeff live at Evergreen Farm in Lincoln, Virginia, and have two delightful grown children. She hunts for rare books on the Underground Railroad, voraciously devours spy novels, imports products for sale on Amazon.com, and is always planning her next trip somewhere.
Becky Philpott has worked in publishing for over 12 years. Her favorite books are ones with lovable characters and memorable settings. Becky holds a BA in English and business from Calvin College and lives in Michigan with her husband, daughter, and two cats. When she’s not building block towers, she enjoys DIY projects and figure skating.
Jordan is king of all things digital. From digital sales management to office technology, he handles it all with a quiet grace, except when he sneezes. For fun, Jordan reads fantasy and watches The Simpsons. He moonlights as a Taco Bell gourmand. He and his wife welcomed their first child last year.
Kristen was bitten by the publishing bug when she was 7 years old. Her mom let her read Little House on the Prairie books in her parents’ cozy waterbed every night as soon as she could read so she wouldn’t keep her little sister awake in their shared bedroom. With a curious mind, Kristen investigated and worked in various forms of writing and editing platforms throughout the years, including Bibles, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, magazines, picture books, devotionals, and poetry.
Jane Strong has worked in publishing for nearly 20 years. She enjoys a good novel that inspires joy, personal growth and stimulates the imagination. Jane holds a BA in Communication from Alma College and lives in Michigan with her husband. She considers life as one big story just waiting to be shared. She is most comfortable in a hooded sweatshirt and jeans on a cool evening in front of a camp fire, roasting marshmallows and making S’mores.